Many Canadian women have begun exploring the possibilities available to them with the cosmetic treatments that normally fall under the banner of a “Mommy Makeover.” These are generally surgical interventions which may include a tummy tuck, a breast lift and/or breast augmentation procedure, body contouring through liposuction, or labiaplasty.
Each of these procedures serves a different purpose to rejuvenate and restore the body after pregnancy and giving birth. Non-surgical treatments of the face, such as the use of dermal fillers may be part of a Mommy Makeover as well—there are no hard and fast rules as to what makes a series of treatments a “Mommy Makeover” or not, and every component to the process can be completely customized by the patient.
Should You Be Having a Mommy Makeover in the First Place?
If you’d like to restore your body to a state that’s as close as possible to what it was like before pregnancy and childbirth, if you’d like a renewed sense of confidence, and if you’d like a flatter stomach and perkier breasts, then yes, a Mommy Makeover is likely the right move for you—however, when it takes place is actually very important.
Elective surgeries or treatments, generally speaking, shouldn’t be conducted for at least six months after having given birth or for several months after breastfeeding ends. Despite the mixed opinions on how soon after childbirth you can have a Mommy Makeover, no woman should be having cosmetic surgery immediately after pregnancy or birth, because it can be ineffective if not outright dangerous. This is because the body will go through a transitory period after giving birth where hormone levels are still high, affecting areas of the body such as the skin, abdomen, and breasts—most of the areas that a Mommy Makeover would be focusing on. It is usually advised by medical professionals to wait until after the body has returned to its baseline state before undergoing any procedures.
Additionally, you should consider whether or not you plan to have more children—a Mommy Makeover is a great idea, but it should only come after you’ve decided that you’re not having any more children. It won’t be dangerous in the event that you do become pregnant again, but generally speaking, it’s smarter to undergo treatments which won’t be undone by another pregnancy and subsequent birth.
Questions to Ask During an Initial Consultation
When you begin exploring the possibilities of a Mommy Makeover and what it might entail for your unique anatomy and aesthetic goals, the first step is to schedule a consultation with a qualified, well trained plastic surgeon. During this consultation you’ll have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like, some of which may be simple requests about the surgeon’s background—ask how many procedures they’ve performed involving the surgery you’re interested in, whether or not they’ve ever had any failed surgeries and why, and if you can view some before and after pictures. If you’d like to confirm any of their educational qualifications or other documentation, now is the time to ask for it as well.
Over the course of the consultation, it’s important to be as honest as possible about your goals and what your expected outcome of the Mommy Makeover would be. Describe what you’d like to look like, which areas of your body need to be enhanced, and any concerns that you have. Ask about the procedures themselves and what you might need to do to be prepared. The most important thing to remember is that there are no stupid questions—this is your body and you have the right to know the answers to any questions that you may have.